Reader ‘s opinion State research institutes support decision-making with high-quality research

Research institutes have an important role to play in condensing and adapting the researched information to decision-making in the sectors, as well as in anticipating the future and producing solutions.

Research institutes and often dealt with closely incoherent political incubators editorial (HS 27.12.) Brought together a wide range of completely different organizations. The editorial did not do justice to state research institutes, which are tasked with producing researched information and supporting decision-making with the help of research information, regardless of the parties ’agenda.

The members of Tulanet, a consortium of research institutes made up of state research institutes, produce information and research-based solutions through high-quality research and investigation.

In a demanding and competitive field of research, research is conducted in accordance with normal good scientific practice and not intentionally in support of certain pre-defined objectives, as the editorial assumed.

Research institutes also carry out studies and syntheses and disseminate information in their own fields of government and widely in society, often in close dialogue with information users.

Research institutes have an important role to play in condensing and adapting the researched information to decision-making in the sectors, as well as in anticipating the future and producing solutions. Among other things, research is widely used to manage the coronavirus pandemic, combat climate change and underpin new innovations for sustainable growth, in which research institutes play a key role.

State research institutes often conduct research in co-operation with Finnish and international universities and research institutes. Competitive research and research funding is channeled through the same financial instruments as universities: through applications from the Academy of Finland, the Prime Minister’s Office, the EU, Business Finland, ministries and foundations.

Academic merits, such as a doctorate or docentship, are a condition for access to funding from many sources of funding. Alongside funding for competition that ensures a high level of science, the regulatory base and budget funding of state research institutes guarantee the long-term viability of information production and expert support.

Johanna Buchert

Director General of the Natural Resources Center and Chairman of Tulanet (2020)

Eeva Primmer

Research Director of the Finnish Environment Institute

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